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5 tips to choose GM-free

Amy Hotz
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Certified yoga teacher and qualified naturopath, Amy Hotz.

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By Amy Hotz, naturopath & GoodnessMe Box adviser.

Australian supermarkets today are overflowing with foods with ingredients derived from genetically modified (GM) crops. Genetically modified ingredients are often hiding in processed foods such as baked goods, breads and supermarket snack bars.

It can be confusing to know which foods to avoid and which foods to favour if you want to avoid GM. As a rule of thumb, the most commonly used GM culprits are soy, imported corn, canola oil and cotton. I always tell my patients to shop smart and read the packaging ingredients.

To assist you along the way, here are my top GM-free foods that you can enjoy:

1. Fair trade raw chocolate
This is my all-time favourite food. A raw chocolate (free of lecithin) will always make my list. Raw chocolate is nutritious as cacao is a super antioxidant and is rich in nutrients. Most raw and organic chocolates will be GM free but be sure to check the label for a GM-free certification. My pick is Loving Earth’s chocolate Luvju, even the wrapper is compostable and made from GM-free corn. As an added bonus, a small piece of raw chocolate daily is considered good for your health, and of course, your soul!

2. Buckwheat

Buckwheat is a gluten-free and GM-free type of seed that's high in fibre, and a versatile addition to the pantry. Often used as an alternative to wheat and oats, raw or cooked buckwheat porridge is a healthy way to start the day. You can use buckwheat flour in all of your cooking (it makes delicious pancakes together with almond meal, egg and natural sweetener of your choice), or you can use the whole seed as an alternative to rice with your main meals.

3. Coconut water

Coconut water is my number one alternative to any processed sports drink. It is considered a ‘superfood’ rich in electrolytes that will quench your thirst and keep you energised. It is important to read the labelling on pre-packaged coconut water as some brands add lots of nasties, including sugar and additives. If you’re looking for a clean pre-packaged coconut water with no added sugar and is GM-free, Raw C Coconut water is my go-to. Use coconut water in any Smoothie blended with fruit and ice or knock one back after a work-out!

4. Organic vegetables
The most important GM-free foods are certified organic fruit and vegetables. The staple of every great diet is to limit GM vegetables. To be savvy shoppers, choose organic options. Vegies such as corn, tomato, zucchini and papaya. I also advise my clients to choose organic when dealing with the ‘dirty dozen’ (a list of fruit and veg that absorbs the most pesticides and toxins). Every Sunday, I throw seasonal veg into a pot to cook soup for the week. You can also chop them up fresh and crispy into a big salad for a few days.

5. GM-free tea
Herbal tea is the must have in every naturopaths and yogi’s handbag; they have fantastic therapeutic qualities ranging from the stomach-settling brew of peppermint and fennel leaves, to soothing chamomile and valerian blends for bed time. Herbal teas are also great to curb those sugar cravings – a gorgeous licorice tea will help to satisfy any of your sweet-tooth needs. When choosing tea I always look for the GM-free label, and I choose organic whenever possible. I can’t get enough of the Pukka three ginger tea. It warms my body up on even the coldest winter day.

Amy Hotz is a certified yoga teacher, qualified naturopath, and a firm believer in the healing power of food, exercise, and herbal medicine. As a resident health advisor for the GoodnessMe Box, Amy helps source only the highest quality health food brands that share her passion to provide wholesome and natural food products that are GM-free and aim to follow ethical manufacturing and trading practices.
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